File picture: Congress leader Nitin Raut  |  Photo Credit: PTI
Nagpur: Amidst a worrying spurt in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra’s Nagpur, Energy Minister Nitin Raut has cancelled the wedding reception of his son Kunal Raut.
The wedding of Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress worker Kunal and Akansha was held on February 19. And the couple’s reception was scheduled to take place in Nagpur on February 21.
“The inconvenience is deeply regretted and invitees are requested to cancel their respective plans,” tweeted Congress’ Nitin Raut, who is also the guardian minister of Nagpur city.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister for Tourism and Environment Aaditya Thackeray appreciated Nitin Raut for cancelling the event.
“Cabinet Minister Nitin Raut ji has cancelled the wedding reception of his son, taking into account the rising cases of covid. We must all appreciate this social responsibility taken by him,” tweeted the son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
On Sunday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had also praised Nitin Raut for cancelling the wedding reception of his son.
“This is called social responsibility. In the last few days, several of my colleagues have tested positive. I have given instructions that official meetings will now be conducted through video conferencing only,” Thackeray had said yesterday.
Notably, Nitin Raut had contracted COVID-19 in September 2020.
The Union Health Ministry on Sunday informed that the weekly COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra have shown a rising trend in the last four weeks.
“The areas of concern are the Mumbai Suburban areas where the weekly cases have risen by 19 per cent. In Nagpur, Amravati, Nashik, Akola and Yavatmal the weekly cases have increased by 33, 47, 23, 55 and 48 per cent, respectively,” it added.
Lockdown in Maharashtra?
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had on Sunday declared that the coming eight days will decide whether there will be a lockdown in the state or not.
In a video address, Uddhav Thackeray said, “Do you want lockdown? The next eight days will decide. Maharashtra has reported around 7,000 COVID cases today. If the COVID-19 situation deteriorates, then we have to impose lockdown. Those who want a lockdown can roam around without mask while those who do not want it must wear a mask and follow all the rules.”
He also announced that the “events that will draw large crowds, be it political rallies or protests, will not be allowed in Maharashtra” from Monday.
Meanwhile, a week-long complete lockdown has been announced in the state’s Amravati district.